Both Portugal and Ukraine are considering joining the Takuba European tactical combat group operating under French command in the Sahel region of Africa as part of the anti-Islamic Barkhane operation.
This was recently announced by the head of the French Defense Ministry, Florence Parly, during hearings in the National Assembly, Ukrainian sources report. Portugal and Ukraine are also considering voluntary participation, the minister said during a hearing where she outlined the progress of the tactical group’s development.
According to Parly, this tactical force or TF (Task Force) Takuba is reinforced by representatives of the armed forces of the Czech Republic, Sweden and Italy. The Task Force is a group of European units that are designed to support the troops in the region, framed in the so-called G5, in the fight against jihadist terrorists. The troop began their journey on July 15, 2020, initially with a hundred Estonian and French troops, as confirmed at the time by Florence Parly, to help the aforementioned G5 forces. To gain autonomy and the ability to react against Islamic terrorists in the region.
“France is launching Task Force Takuba, made up of mixed units from the Sahel and Europe who will work together in combat,” he reported in an interview with La Croix newspaper last summer. Takuba is integrated into and under the command of Operation Barkhane, which is led by the Chief of the French Defense Staff from Paris. His troops currently operate in three Mal Army facilities: Ansongo, Gao, and Menaka.
The political basis of the Takuba tactical force emerges from the joint declaration of the governments of Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Mali, Niger, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom on March 27 2020. Spain’s support for this initiative can only be seen in its participation in the EUTM Mali training group (European Union training mission in Mali) and logistically at the Barkhane operation with two C295 transport aircraft.
The command of this task force, made up of officers from the armed forces of the European Union and their African partners, is located in Gao (Mali). If Ukraine participates in the device and has casualties, it will not be the first soldier of this Slavic country to be killed by Islamic terrorists on the spot, since in the spring of 2020, NCO Dmytro Martyniuk of the French Foreign Legion died on Action in Mali. (Julio Maz Sanz)
Photo: Estonian troops assigned to TF Takuba. (Photo Estonian Ministry of Defense)
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